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Sheltering Series #5: Potentials to Build Disaster Resilience for Housing: Lessons Learnt from the Resilient Housing Design Competition 2013

Authors: Tuan Anh Tran; Phong Tran

Shelter and settlements are facing great challenges triggered by climate change and uncontrolled rapid urbanisation in Vietnam. To date, overall solutions to address future climate risks posed to shelter and settlements in climate exposed areas are lacking. Current interventions focus primarily on physical improvements with limited attention to other aspects such as socio-economic and governance issues. This paper reviews the outcome of the Vietnam Resilient Housing Design Competition 2013 (RHDC) through the lens of climate resilience to examine key issues and suggest lessons for future housing. This paper examines the first-prize project across three key dimensions — physical, social, and administrational — and develops three important findings: (i) local knowledge and experiences of disaster risk reduction are valuable to developing long-term climate resilient housing, (ii) improving local awareness and supporting local economies are essential elements to raising resilience, and (iii) applying planning and construction regulations and criteria are significant to ensure a resilient housing system. These findings in turn have key policy implications: enhance local governance for resilient construction, sustain local economies, and raise local awareness of climate risks and resilience. 


Citation: Tuan Anh Tran, & Tran, P. (2013). Potentials to Build Disaster Resilience for Housing: Lessons Learnt from the Resilient Housing Design Competition 2013 (The Sheltering Series No. 5). Boulder, CO. Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International.  

Funded by: The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Disclaimer: This document is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) for the benefit of developing countries. However, the views expressed and information contained in it are not necessarily those of or endorsed by DFID, DGIS or the entities managing the delivery of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, which can accept no responsibility or liability for such views, completeness or accuracy of the information or for any reliance placed on them. 


The Sheltering Series describes the background, policy landscape, methodology and approach used by the Sheltering From a Gathering Storm team and highlights key issues that were discovered and explored during the project in India, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Sheltering From a Gathering Storm aims to improve the understanding of the costs and benefits of climate-resilient shelter design, and contribute towards the transformative change necessary to make communities more resilient to future disasters. For more information about the project and other available materials, please see: i-s-e-t.org/SHELTER 

Disclaimer: The Sheltering Series contains preliminary research and findings. These products are disseminated to catalyze discourse on timely issues. Most discussion papers undergo revisions, and some will be published formally in a different format.